Our Mission and Vision
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Mission Statement

Every child should taste success!  No child deserves to fail!  RLOA provides an individualized, hands-on, engaged learning environment where every child can acquire the secrets to success for college and careers. 



We seek to create and sustain a cohesive community.

Our History
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Dr. Karen Wicks holds a Ph.D. from New York University, has taught in middle school, high school, and college level.  She was a college administrator at City University of New York and served as director for curriculum and instructional development at the College Board—the SAT people, working with teachers throughout the country in developing and implementing more learner-centered curriculum with a multidisciplinary focus.  As a learning specialist and educator for more than 40 years, Dr. Wicks has specialized in educational disciplines across the curriculum and has been training learners at all ages for many years.


Seventeen years ago, Dr. Wicks and her husband Les Wicks, a lifelong entrepreneur, founded a supplemental education company, serving the New Jersey market areas.  They subsequently established a nonprofit organization to help school systems provide a meaningful education and empower students to master the secrets of learning.


In 2010 the Wicks responded to the call of Jasper County parents, who wanted a school alternative for their children.  Dr. Wicks wrote the curriculum and the charter with the able assistance of her husband.  Mr. Wicks brought his considerable business experience and expertise to garnering community support and establishing a Charter Planning Committee and negotiating with Jasper County School District for the old West Hardeeville school.  He then secured the finances and developed the facilities with a local architect, engineer, and builder. 


Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & Sciences Charter School: 

The Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & Sciences Charter School (RLOA) opened its doors on August 20, 2012.  The majority of its student population came from the Jasper County School District, with a small number of students from Beaufort County and private schools.  More than ninety percent of the student population qualifies for free and/or reduced lunch.  One-third of the student population of 500 is Hispanic, one-third is African-American, and one-third is Caucasian.  RLOA has demonstrated that students have made gains from their previous environments, even though our students still need consistent modifications and individualized instruction to make major gains.


In order to increase the successful participation of low-income students and to build a college-seeking culture, RLOA is providing an engaged learning environment that prepares students for the twenty-first century global economy.


In accordance with the South Carolina Charter School Act of 2005, RLOA's focus is to improve student learning, increase opportunities for students, encourage the use of a variety of productive teaching methods, establish new forms of accountability, create new professional opportunities for teachers, and lead South Carolina in reaching academic excellence.


The educational program of RLOA is designed to address the individual needs of every student and serve children's diverse learning styles within a small school environment of shared core values.  Our school culture fosters academic pride, positive peer support, and a sense of personal responsibility among students, parents, teachers, staff, and other community members.  RLOA provides a positive learning environment in which children can grow to their full potential.  The integration of the arts throughout a project-based curriculum provides students with natural avenues to utilize their strengths in the service of the areas in which they need to grow.  We are currently serving Kindergarten through 9th grade, adding an additional grade level in each subsequent year.  Our 9th grade curriculum incorporates a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) focus to provide our students with the training they need to function in the modern economy.  Arts integration and project-based learning fit perfectly into this program. 


RLOA is a tuition-free, public charter school, authorized by the South Carolina Public Charter School District, and enrollment is open to any child in South Carolina.

Community Partners

We here at Royal Live Oaks understand that without the support of stakeholders in our surrounding areas, we would not be able to provide a quality education for our pupils. Listed below are a number of businesses, organizations and people that continue to offer volunteer hours, grant funding, and financial or in-kind donations in support of our educational program. We thank you, community partners, and we encourage others to reward your commitment to education with their business and support.

Click on any picture below to access more information about our community partners. 


     Wanda and Robert Davis St. Paul's and Tillman United Methodist Churches 

 Mr. Welles Murphey

Harold H. Wall, LLC  Paul and Linda Cascio   Ms. Gloria Taggart
 Ms. Kathleen Wilson JCB Construction Equipment  Steve and Joan Rountree   Robert and Jeannie Malphrus, Jr.
 American Car Care: Ridgeland, SC Mr. Don Cotnoir  Mr. Greg and Dr. Debby Chambers  Ms. Danielle Hilton, Volunteer Drama Instructor 

The Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & Sciences Charter School is authorized by the South Carolina Department of Education through the South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD). Royal Live Oaks Academy of Arts and Sciences Public Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, religion, immigrant status, or national origin in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and Other designated youth groups. For questions pertaining to:
1. Precious Barr - Director for Guidance & Careers, 843-784-2630
2. Kattia Chaves-Herrera - Director for Title I, III (ESOL), and VI, 843-784-2630
3. Dana Anderson- Operations & Personnel Manager, 843-784-2630
4. Shalonda Toomer - SPED Coordinator, 843-784-2630
5. Amy Kaufman - Elementary Director & RtI Coordinator, *843-784-2630
6. Terri James-Moss - Director for Middle-High & Curriculum, *843-784-2630*
7. Mary Morse - Registrar & PowerSchool Administrator, 843-784-2630
8. Dr. Karen Wicks - Executive Director/Principal 843-784-2630
9. Brian Morse, Chief Academic Officer, 843-784-2630
10. All of the above persons may be reached by mail at the following address: PO Box 528, Hardeeville, SC 29927
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